Colposcopy is a way of looking at the cervix through a special magnifying device called a colposcope. A colposcope can enlarge the normal view by two to 60 times.
Reasons for Colposcopy
Colposcopy is done when a Pap test shows changes that could lead to cancer.
Colposcopy also may be used to further assess certain problems:
Colposcopy may involve taking pictures of your vagina and cervix.
The procedure is best done when a woman is not having her period.
During colposcopy, the doctor may see abnormal areas. A biopsy of these areas may be done.
If a biopsy was taken, it will be studied in a lab. When biopsy results come back from the lab, your doctor will discuss them with you.
If you have a colposcopy without a biopsy, you should feel fine right away.
If you have a colposcopy with a biopsy, your vagina may feel sore for one or two days. You may have some vaginal bleeding. You also may have a dark discharge for a few days.